According to the BBC News these were your words spoken in India in late January.
"HP will stop making announcements for stuff it doesn't have. When HP makes announcements, it will be getting ready to ship," he promises, saying the products launched on 9 February will be on sale just a few weeks later.
Those products to be launched on February 9th have occurred. Three exciting and enticing devices whose hardware is competitive with the phones and tablets being released in the next month to two months. However, the time frame for when we will see them?
According to the announcement event and your website:
TouchPad - Availability this Summer
Pre 3 - Availability this Summer
Veer - Availability this Spring
The only one of these devices that has a chance to match your statement, which you would wish to believe is true coming from the CEO of the company, is the Veer and that's only if it comes out in very early Spring.
The rest of these devices are unquestionably ones where HP announced a product and are most assuredly not ready to ship "in weeks" but rather it seems "in months".
You also said that you "hope one day people will say 'this is as cool as HP', not 'as cool as Apple'"
Well Mr. Apotheker, a CEO making statements like yours I quoted above weeks before a much anticipated event and then that statement being shown to be absolutely false is not "cool". Being told that we will have to wait another potential 4 to 6 months to upgrade our aging technology is not "cool". Putting out a phone or tablet in 4 to 6 months that is high-end today but unlikely to be high end that far into the technology cycle is not "cool". Continuing to sit here and watch Apple, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and LG all be able to announced and launch new smartphones and/or tablets in a timely manner while HP continues a trend of announcing things they can not deliver in the near future is not "cool".
WebOS is cool. The Pre3, the Veer, and the TouchPad are all cool TODAY, but unlikely to be quite as cool 6 months from now when they launch. Your comment, when it was believed to be truthful, was cool. And the prospect for WebOS's growth is cool.
However, if we can not trust what the CEO of a company says why is it that we should put our faith into that company while we continue to wait with aging hardware and software...of which we were told would be updated, and then later told wouldn't be...for devices that will be mid-range by the time they're actually released?
I sincerely hope that in the near future you either cease to make comments which are clearly false or you take the necessary steps to assure that your company actually does what you tell its fans it will do. However, making statements and failing to deliver it is not going to help make HP cool, it is going to help drive people to other devices and manufacturers that actually deliver "cool" products rather than simply making announcements.